Where to Eat in San Rafael, Antioquia

Where to Eat in San Rafael, Antioquia

San Rafael, like many of Medellin’s nearby towns, has a charm of its very own. Antioquia is known for its outdoor tourists activities, and San Rafael is no exception, visited for aquatic reactions like the thermal waters in Las Leñas or Atuel’s Canyon. 

The town is the perfect place to escape the city and enjoy the calm of the natural landscape. If you’re travelling from Medellin, the trip will take around two hours through the beautiful Colombian countryside. 

As most of the pueblos that are near this one. like Guatapé or Jardín you would notice that the city is over, so we can go in and enjoy the calm. And for the first time see what is to be in Colombia, or in a Pueblito Paisa. 

Best Places to Eat in San Rafael, Antioquia 

Though this small town doesn’t have as many as restaurant options as a city like Medellin or larger village like Santa Fe de Antioquia, you’ll still be able to find  some delicious food to fill you up. 

Whether you’re looking for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, I’ll walk you through the resturant options available in San Rafael.

Let’s begin our tour through food! 

A tu Gusto Restaurant San Rafael 

A tu Gusto Restaurant San Rafael

At A tu Gusto, located in the middle of San Rafael,  you’ll find quick service and high quality ingredients. 

Unlike most restaurants in San Rafeal, A tu Gusto provides all-day eats, opening at 6am and closing late at night. If you’re in need of an early breakfast or a late-night snack, this is the restaurant for you. 

I recommend the Tostadas with different toppings, or meat lovers can ask for their special breakfast. And you simply can’t miss their smoothies and sandwiches! 

Address: Cl. 19 ## 20- 19, San Rafael, Antioquia 

Carbonero Gastrobar

Carbonero Gastrobar

Do you need a place to chill out at night after a long day of activities? Check out the Carbonero Gastrobar, where you’ll find a nice place to drink and share some quality time with loved ones, or make some new friends if you’re travelling alone. 

Warm lighting and gorgeous architecture gives the restaurant a relaxing atmosphere, and if you come at the right time, you’ll have the opportunity to listen to some amazing live music. 

I recommend trying out their cocktails and appetizers. 

Address: Cra. 22 #28-31 segundo piso, San Rafael, Antioquia 

El Rey de la Parrilla 

El Rey de la Parrilla

Meat-lovers and BBQ fans will love El Rey de la Parilla, where hungry guests can find all kinds of grilled entrees and cuts of meat. 

The no-door design of the restaurant blends together the indoors and the outdoors, and you’ll feel as if you’re dining in a gazebo. 

The service at the El Rey de la Parrilla is always top-notch and efficient. You’ll feel right at home with the kind waitstaff. 

Address: Cl. 18 #24-10, San Rafael, Antioquia



Located downtown, Trigales boasts a large dining space and 24-hour service. It’s a wonderful place to rest and enjoy some good food. 

Their delicious menu specializes in traditional Colombian food. I recommend trying the fried fish! 

Address: Cl. 21 #20- 20, San Rafael, Antioquia

Antojos Mexicanos El tablazo

Antojos Mexicanos El tablazo

Close to downtown San Rafael, Antojos Mexicanos El Tablazo dishes out fantastic Mexican food at affordable prices. 

I recommend trying out the “flautas” and tacos! The menu also includes vegetarian meals, and low-spice options for guests who can’t handle the heat. 

The beautifully decorated restaurant is totally Instagram worthy, decked out in a traditional Mexican style and full of gorgeous art. 

Address: Cra. 19 #21-27, San Rafael, Antioquia


If you’ve still got room in your belly after chowing down at these delicious restaurants, there’s a couple of spots in town to grab some snacks or a quick pick-me-up after a hike! 

Repostería FRESH

Repostería FRESH

FRESH is the perfect place to reload your energy after a good meal and a walk through town. They have sweet and salty options like desserts, burritos, and tacos, as well as a great selection of Venezuelan food. 

There’s options for all kinds of palates at FRESH, but I suggest you step outside your comfort zone and try something new! 

Address: Cra. 21 ##18-19, San Rafael, Antioquia

Jugos y Jugos

Jugos y Jugos

At Jugos y Jugos, you’ll feel the warmth of dining in a traditional house surrounded by amazing art. 

As the name implies, their specialty is their juices, perfect after a day in the sun enjoying everything San Rafael has to offer. 

Address: Cl. 21 #20-22, San Rafael, Antioquia

Final Thoughts  

Although the small town of San Rafael has a limited amount of restaurants, they make up for it with the quality of their food and efficient service. 

Check out some of my recommended restaurants on your next adventure to San Rafael, and find out what new surprises the small town has to discover! 

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